Green Biofuels Ireland is a leading supplier of Bio Diesel, Glycerol, Potassium Sulphate, and other Biofuel products throughout Ireland. We have been supplying the Irish market with Biodiesel products since 2004 from our processing plant in New Ross, Co. Wexford.
The idea to use biodiesel or vegetable oils as a fuel for diesel engines is more than a hundred years old and was first proposed by Dr. Rudolf Diesel himself in the early 1900s. One prototype of his new engine presented at the World’s Exhibition in Paris in 1900 ran on a fuel derived from peanut oil. However due to the discovery of cheaper mineral oils interest in the use of fuels derived from plant oils diminished. Except for some attempts at utilising renewable sources during the Second World War it was only in the 1970s that the world wide oil crises and a growing ecological awareness led to the rediscovery of plant oils and animal fats as possible alternatives to hydrocarbon based fuels. Biodiesel has been produced on an industrial scale in the European Union since 1992, largely in response to positive signals from the EU institutions. Today, there are approximately 120 plants in the EU with the capacity to produce up to 6,100,000 tonnes of biodiesel annually. These plants are mainly located in Germany, Italy, Austria, France and Sweden.
Bio-diesel is a clean burning alternative to mineral diesel fuel that is produced from renewable resources such as animal fats and vegetable oils including but not limited to soy bean oil, palm oil, tallow (animal fat), and used cooking oils (RVO) all of which may be referred to generally as fat.
Bio-diesel may be used as an alternative to mineral diesel in most applications due to the fact that it has similar physical and combustion properties to mineral diesel.
Tests undertaken by motor manufacturers in the EU on blends with mineral diesel oil between 2% and 3% and 100% pure have resulted in guarantees for each type of use. An agreement has been reached between the EU and motor manufacturers to allow its use in road fuels at an incorporation rate of up to 5% without affecting warranty claims. In accordance with the EU Fossil Diesel Standard EN 590 , biodiesel is permitted to be blended with fossil diesel up to a current maximum of 5% inclusion rate and requires no changes either to vehicle engines or to the current fuel supply chain infrastructure and logistics. EN 590 is currently being reviewed and the inclusion rate for biodiesel is expected to be increased to 10%.
Another advantage of using bio-diesel blends is the replacement of lubricity qualities of the fuel, which have been reduced in the refinement of ultra low sulphur diesel. Tests have shown that the improvement in lubricity reduces diesel engine “knock” and also reduces wear in the engines.